Climatology

World leader in green tech, world beater in greenhouse gas

We are constantly being told how China leads the world in green technologies.

Friday, 20 July, 2012, 12:00am

Wanted: an economy to blaze a trail in green growth

More than 130 world leaders and 50,000 supporters and hangers-on are heading to Rio de Janeiro for what is billed as the biggest-ever international conference. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, calls the gathering, 'a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real progress towards a sustainable economy of the future'.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Temperature rise can be attributed to global warming and urbanisation

I refer to the article by Wyss Yim ('Hot? Blame the urban heat island', April 1).

To enable your readers to better understand the issue on the urban heat island effect in Hong Kong and the roles of carbon dioxide and water vapour in global climate change, we would like to provide the following information.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Go beyond symbols in earth's hour of need

On March 31, millions across the globe once again pledged their support to cut carbon by shutting off their lights for Earth Hour. The hour was marked by candlelight vigils, fashion shows, concerts and other activities, creating a party-like atmosphere. Unfortunately, it also did not cut much carbon.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing can't put all blame for climate change on West

A number of readers have e-mailed criticising last Wednesday's column in which I argued that Beijing's opposition to a global deal to limit greenhouse-gas emissions is rational, if not altruistic.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Third runway lobby ignoring serious environmental impact of growth

Exco's approval of a third runway at Chek Lap Kok coincided with the release of a scientific paper showing increases in global atmospheric temperatures since 1998 to have been much higher than projected once Arctic measurements are included.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The huge fracture down the middle of the BRICS

Tomorrow the leaders of the so-called BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa - will meet in New Delhi for their fourth annual summit. Inevitably, they will spend much of their time in the Indian capital trying to persuade the world that they stand together on a broad range of issues.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Warming, or just hot air?

Chinese scientist Lu Longhua is well acquainted with the cold; he has even been to the North Pole three times.

But this winter, as a bitter cold snap blanketed Europe and Asia, and public interest in the Arctic soared, the veteran meteorologist of the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences struggled to pinpoint a reason for the weather anomaly.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

What carbon crackdown? New Kyoto deal hits wall of silence

The roller-coaster climate talks which had negotiators from nearly 200 nations working around the clock for two weeks captured media attention around the world - except on the mainland.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

One step closer now to dangerous warming

The Durban climate summit has been proclaimed a great success. The chair, South Africa's Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, told the delegates: 'We have concluded this meeting with [a plan] to save one planet for the future of our children and our grandchildren to come. We have made history.' Don't be fooled. It was an almost total failure.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Three years to find Kyoto alternative

Deadlock at the UN climate talks in Durban would have put them in the same league as the Doha round of trade liberalisation talks for the failure of drawn-out multilateral efforts to advance international co-operation. Given the worst-case scenarios for global warming, that would have been regrettable.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

China's proclamations of its 'peaceful rise' appear more and more at odds with the emerging reality

Japanese opposition leader Nobuteru Ishihara

It's not good to have living and dead people in the same building

Lai Wan-hoi, complaining about a private columbarium in her apartment block

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Wind power shares soar

Mainland wind power producer shares rose after a global deal was reached for industrialised nations to continue their subsidy scheme for carbon-reduction projects in developing nations beyond next year.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Deal on carbon emissions hailed a victory for China

For China, the modest outcome that concluded the UN climate talks in Durban on Sunday was as happy an ending as the world's top carbon emitter could have hoped for.

Several senior mainland negotiators privately called it 'a victory' after they emerged from the final day of the talks, which ran 36 hours longer than the 12 days for which they were scheduled.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

China 'open to' binding carbon cuts

China's climate chief says the country is 'open to negotiations' on its acceptance of a legally binding target on carbon emission cuts - a move analysts said provided impetus for the long-deadlocked global climate talks.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

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